Week to Week News Quiz for 3/25/16

This was the week in which it was difficult to tell the difference between the regular news and tabloid stories. See how savvy you are by taking our latest Week to Week News Quiz.

Here are some random but real hints: Who are they to judge?; they won't need to change Judge Dredd at all; he needn't fear judgment; and making work for the schools' mock trial judges. Answers are below the quiz.

1. What did a new CNN/ORC poll find that two-thirds of Americans want for the Supreme Court?
a. The Senate should nominate its own candidate to replace the late Antonin Scalia
b. It should be split 50-50 between male and female justices
c. The U.S. Senate should hold confirmation hearings on President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland
d. Hillary Clinton should nominate Barack Obama for the Supreme Court

2. Who is the United States claiming to have killed?
a. Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, basically the second-in-command of ISIS
b. Surri Watsum, the fourth terrorist involved in the recent Brussels attack
c. Li Mu Bai, the head of North Korea's spy agency
d. Britomartus, an African warlord who had waged an unsuccessful insurgency in Congo for 19 years before his death

3. Comedian Garry Shandling died unexpectedly this week at the age of 66. What was the name of his groundbreaking HBO TV series?
a. Late Night with Garry Shandling
b. The Garry Shandling Series
c. The Larry Sanders Show
d. The Late, Late Show

4. What does the NRA Family website now feature?
a. Coupons for Free Family Night at the practice range
b. A "Write Your Own Constitution" app for survivalists
c. Blueprints for schoolchildren to print their own weapons
d. Rewritten classic fairy tales -- with guns

5. Why did Senator Ted Cruz call Donald Trump "a sniveling coward"?
a. Trump had released a campaign ad claiming that Cruz was a supporter of ISIS
b. It was Friday
c. Trump had threatened to "spill the beans" on Cruz's wife
d. Trump had called Cruz "Barack Obama's best friend in the Senate"

6. What embarrassed Verizon this week?
a. The company's new $4.5-million office suite for its CEO was featured in an unflattering Vanity Fair profile
b. 1.5 million of its customer records were stolen in a security breach
c. Its corporate debt was reduced to junk status by two ratings agencies
d. It's much-publicized launch of a new 4G LTE Verizon handheld was delayed for another two months after the screens all shattered during shipping

7. What do PayPal, the NBA, Google, Dow Chemical, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, and other businesses all agree on?
a. The U.S. Senate should hold hearings on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee
b. Donald Trump would "cause U.S. businesses huge problems internationally," according to their joint statement
c. They oppose North Carolina's new law that bans local LGBT protections
d. They support the FBI in its attempt to break Apple's phone encryption

8. What did Pope Francis do at a refugee center near Rome on Thursday?
a. He demanded that the police patrol Muslim neighborhoods
b. He demanded increased surveillance of Muslims after the Brussels attacks
c. He demanded the Italian government send back the refugees and not admit any more non-Christian migrants
d. He washed the feet of Muslim, Christian, and Hindu refugees in his ritual re-enactment of Jesus washing the feet of his apostles before his crucifixion

9. What is Kansas' latest education plan?
a. Students who do not want to recite Bible passages in graduation ceremonies can now instead recite passages from Ronald Reagan's autobiography
b. Students who claim that the cafeteria's Taco Tuesdays are cultural appropriation will be allowed to eat lunch off-campus
c. A bill before the Kansas legislature would let students sue schools for $2,500 each time they find a transgendered person using a bathroom that does not match their birth gender
d. Each school in the state will be required to raise $15,000 through bake sales and car washes to fix the state's $190 million budget deficit

10. For what did President Obama express regret during an overseas trip this week?
a. He apologized for the attempt to kill Fidel Castro with an exploding cigar
b. U.S. support for the Argentine junta government during its "Dirty War"
c. The U.S. decision not to annex Cuba when it had the chance following the Spanish-American War
d. The widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs by the U.S. baseball players and the Rolling Stones who were in Cuba this week

BONUS. To show their loyalty, what have North Koreans been ordered to do for 70 days?
a. Hold their breath
b. Work really hard
c. Try to have more children
d. Eat less

ANSWERS
1. c.
2. a.
3. c.
4. d -- titles include "Little Red Riding Hood (Has a Gun)" and "Hansel and Gretel (Have Guns)".
5. c.
6. b.
7. c.
8. d.
9. c.
10. b.
BONUS. b.

Want the live news quiz experience while making sense of politics? Join us Monday, April 4 in downtown San Francisco for our next live (and lively) Week to Week political roundtable with a news quiz and a social hour at The Commonwealth Club of California. Panelists will include Melissa Caen and Joe Garofoli.

Explanations of the hints: Who are they to judge?: Americans want the Senate to judge the judge; they won't need to change Judge Dredd at all: the famous British science fiction judge wields guns like no one else, except perhaps Cinderella; he needn't fear judgment: the pope's act is an expression of service and humility; and making work for the schools' mock trial judges: judges could soon be facing numerous cases of students questioning the gender of other students.